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Build a home for Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone

by Touch the Nations
Build a home for Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone
Build a home for Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone
Build a home for Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone
Build a home for Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone
Build a home for Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone
Build a home for Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone
Build a home for Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone
Build a home for Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone
Build a home for Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone

The Bonnie Memorial Children's Home (BMCH), originally constructed to house children orphaned by the recent Ebola crisis, has been expanded to also care for children orphaned by the mudslides and flooding last year.  The original structure was designed to be two levels, but due to increased need, we have expanded it to three floors.

We have completed the concrete roof of the second level of the BMCH, and are waiting for it to dry (this will take over three weeks).  While we wait to continue work on the third floor, we added an extra metal gate to the veranda - the main entrance to the BMCH facility -  for security.  This month, thanks to your generosity, we were also able to provide extra school supplies for the children.

We appreciate your generosity and continued support of these little ones!

Celebration - Group picture
Celebration - Group picture

There has been a lot of activity at the Bonnie Memorial Children's home (BMCH) this summer!  A few weeks ago, the children at the home wrapped up the school year and participated in some special activities to celebrate. They performed a drama, shared some memory work, and ate a special meal in celebration of the end of their first year of school at the home. 


Construction is also progressing.  We are wrapping up the second level and have started our third and final level of construction.  As soon as the top floor is complete, many of the children who now sleep in the first floor/basement will move to the top floor.  This is especially important as the number of children who will be living at the home has increased.  Although the orphanage was originally built to house children orphaned by Ebola, we are now also caring for children who were orphaned in the recent flooding and mudslides in Sierra Leone. 

 

We are excited to report that we are fully funded for the second level, and have raised $15,000 of the $35,000 needed to complete the building.  We are so grateful for your support and look forward to continuing to partner with you as we push to full completion of the project!

Picnic at the beach
Picnic at the beach

Primary construction on the Bonnie Memorial Children's Home (BMCH) Orphanage is complete, and we are now focused on the final touches and ongoing support for the children.   The tie beams and pillars are finished, and during the months of March and April,  granites and more blocks were molded for finishing work.   We completed and installed lintel supports and metal gates in the doors and windows to help increase security for the home.

The children have moved in, and enjoyed a picnic on the beach for Easter.  We have been greatly encouraged by the support we have recently received to provide for the children over the next year.  Please consider joining in the work to provide ongoing support for "the least of these."  We truly appreciate you, our donors and givers.

Security door
Security door

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Children at BMCH
Children at BMCH

We are excited to report wonderful progress!  Your gifts have enabled us to add a second level to the Bonnie Memorial Children's Home in Sierra Leone.  The original level is housing children who lost their parents to the Ebola crisis - we have been able to provide food, shelter, medical care, and education for these children.  The second level will house children who lost their parents in the mudslides last year.  

Thank you so much for your ongoing support!  Please consider joining with us to support one or more of these children on a regular basis - a regular gift of $35/month can support one orphan.

Veranda on the first level
Veranda on the first level
Blocks for second level
Blocks for second level
Second level nearing completion
Second level nearing completion
Laying tiles on the veranda
Laying tiles on the veranda
Gifts of clothing
Gifts of clothing
Children inside BMCH
Children inside BMCH
Gifts to little ones
Gifts to little ones
Children at first meal
Children at first meal

On September 11, 2017, the first twenty orphaned children moved into the Bonnie Memorial Children's Home in Sierra Leone!  Thanks to you, we were able to finish construction on this multi-story home, build furniture such as benches and beds, and find houseparents to help care for the children.  The recent flooding and mudslides in the area amplified the need, and children orphaned from this new tragedy have joined the Ebola orphans at the home.  Thank you so much for your donations and your support - YOU provided hope in a tangible way for the children.  

We continue to raise monthly support for the childrens' food and shelter, and for additional furniture needs such as a large dining table at which the children can eat.  There are not enough words to say thank you for your support on this project - we truly appreciate your partnership which has allowed us to care for the littlest victims of the tragedies in Sierra Leone. 

Children at first meal
Children at first meal
Children at first meal
Children at first meal
Beds for Children
Beds for Children
 

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Touch the Nations

Location: Omaha, NE - USA
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Project Leader:
Carrie Theisen
Omaha, NE United States
$21,794 raised of $30,000 goal
 
172 donations
$8,206 to go
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